Monday 22 January 2018

Ruth and McKenna on glory trail

Trainers Owen McKenna and Dolores Ruth are dominating the greyhound headlines at the moment, and they are likely to continue very much in the forefront next weekend.

McKenna will be bidding to complete a quick Classic double when Tibetan Skies contests the final of the Betfair 600.

He had three finalists in the final of the Red Mills Produce Stakes last Sunday and emerged with the winner and third in the €20,000 event.

It was his Power Of God, owned by Dubliner Anthony O'Sullivan, which came out on top in 28.65.

The race was effectively decided on the first bend, where Airforce Zulu and Cashen Mafuma arrived together, less than a length ahead of Power Of God. Airforce drifted wide, Cashen was hampered and Power Of God grabbed the invitation and dashed through on the inside to take up the running followed by Ballybough Hawk.

This pair then went on to finish first and second, with Power Of God leading home by two and a half lengths in 28.65 with McKenna's Airforce Zulu in third.

McKenna's Tibetan Skies will be one of the major fancies for the €30,000 Betfair 600 final, in which he will occupy trap two.

This is one of the most competitive major finals we have had in some time and Ruth will have three finalists in the same three dogs which recently finished second, third and fourth in the Easter Cup decider -- Derby winner Razldazl George, Razldazl Will and Kingo.

Completing the line-up will be the Ronny Wuyts-trained Rockchase Bullet and Brendan O'Shea's in-form Crossfield Star.

Irish Independent

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